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Last Stand at Saber River (1997)

After the Civil War, a returning Confederate veteran must reclaim his Arizona land and homestead from the Yankee carpetbaggers who illegally occupy it.

Director:

Dick Lowry

Writers:

Elmore Leonard (novel), Ronald M. Cohen (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Paul Cable
Suzy Amis ... Martha Cable
Rachel Duncan Rachel Duncan ... Clare Cable
Haley Joel Osment ... Davis Cable
Keith Carradine ... Vern Kidston
David Carradine ... Duane Kidston
Tracey Needham ... Lorraine Kidston
Chris Stacy Chris Stacy ... Chris
Harry Carey Jr. ... James Sanford
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Austin Dodd
Eugene Osment ... Wynn Dodd (as Michael Osment)
Denis Forest ... Cornet
David Dukes ... Edward Janroe
Lumi Cavazos ... Luz
Raymond Cruz ... Manuel
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Storyline

As America recovers from the Civil War, one man tries to put the pieces of his life back together but finds himself fighting a new battle on the frontier. Cable is an embittered Confederate soldier who returns from the war to reclaim his Arizona homestead from rebel pioneers who sympathize with the Union war effort. Desperate to rebuild the life he once knew, Cable ultimately joins forces with Vern Kidston, his Union adversary to make a last stand for the one thing worth fighting for -- his family. Written by Anonymous

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Action | Drama | Western

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Official Sites:

TNT

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Conquista See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

TNT,TWS Productions II See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Todd-AO)

Color:

Color (Eastman Kodak)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was Harry Carey Jr.'s final acting role before his death on December 27, 2012 at the age of 91. See more »

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During the runaway wagon scene, the girl's position as she prepares to jump changes back and forth, from perched on the edge of the wagon with one leg outside (in long shots) to being completely inside the wagon in close shots). See more »

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Lorraine Kidston: Who would've thought one ex-soldier would be such an obstacle?
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The name is Cable, and this is my home!
25 May 2012 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Last Stand at Saber River is directed by Dick Lowry and adapted to teleplay by Ronald M. Cohen form the novel of the same name written by Elmore Leonard.It stars Tom Selleck, Suzy Amis, Tracey Needham, Keith Carradine, David Carradine, Haley Joel Osment and Rachel Duncan. Music is scored by David Shire and cinematography by Ric Waite.

"Texas 1865. The war between the States continues to rage. Texas remains deeply committed to the Confederate cause."

Nicely mounted Oater from the tail end of the Civil War, Last Stand at Saber River does, however, suffer from predictability. Selleck is Paul Cable, who is back from fighting for the Confederates in the war, he finds that his family thought he was dead and his homestead has been claimed by Union men. A feud ensues between Cable and the Kidston family, while Cable and his wife Martha (Amis) struggle to reform their love in a haze of confusion and bitterness. Cue some Western movie staples that file in and out of the plot and a finale that turns on an unlikely character switch around.

There's something wrong with this valley. The war's over but the killing don't stop.

Characters are nicely drawn, though, with the script allowing some mature conversations and themes to be born out within the plot. The New Mexico locations are nicely photographed by Waite, and the colours are unobtrusive and keep the feel authentic. Selleck manfully carries the film on his tall frame, he looks the part and conveys great acting skills with face and body. Rest of cast are up to a required TV Western standard, with Amis standing out by expertly portraying guts and emotional turmoil without histrionics.

A good and safe time filler for the Selleck and TV Western watchers, but it really doesn't linger in the memory once the predicted ending has closed. 6/10


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